The new 2016 Q50 sports saloon is being launched with multiple performance and dynamic upgrades to deliver a more empowering and rewarding driving experience. The updates include next-generation ride and handling and an all-new highly developed turbocharged V6 engine.
Making its debut on the Q50 is Infiniti’s intelligent Direct Adaptive Steering, which offers a number of benefits to the driver. Firstly, Direct Adaptive Steering is quicker than a mechanical system being able to transmit the driver’s input to the wheels faster, as well as requiring fewer steering corrections at 1,000 steering adjustments per second.
The new system also provides extra customisation choices, providing drivers with flexibility to choose the level of steering assistance and feedback they require. This generous selection of steering modes is accessed through the Drive Mode Selector (DMS) and offers six available options which include Personal, Standard, Snow, Eco, Sport and new for the 2016 Q50 model – Sport+.
The Sport mode enhances the response of Direct Adaptive Steering raising the steering effort required while reducing the necessary movement from lock to lock. Similarly, the new Sport+ mode maintains the same steering effort as Sport but the response of the steering is increased further, resulting in an even quicker gear ratio for first-class performance.
For the first time the new Q50 features Infiniti’s Dynamic Digital Suspension (DDS) which provides the saloon with a perfect blend of ride comfort, response and agility. The suspension is multi-link with the front suspension in a double-wishbone design, while the rear features coil springs and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers. The widespread use of aluminium components for the suspension has enabled the weight to be kept to a minimum.
In all modes, Dynamic Digital Suspension continually adjusts the shock absorber valve within a wide range of damping force to control body motion when cornering. To maintain a comfortable, confident and insulated ride in all conditions, the system monitors the body roll, pitch and bounce to restrain body motion.
Five powertrain options are offered with the new Q50 but for the new 2016 model it’s the all-new 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with direct injection that really stands out. This first-class engine has developed to deliver optimal power and torque as well as greater fuel efficiency. The high-output version of the power-unit delivers 400 hp at 6,400 rpm and 475 Nm, while the 300 hp version produces 400 Nm with maximum torque for both versions between at 1,600 – 5,200 rpm.
These outputs have been achieved while ensuring an improvement in fuel efficiency of up to 6.7%, representing a best-in-class power-to-efficiency ratio for the 400hp unit.
Other powertrain options include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 2.2-litre diesel engine which have both been engineered to achieve the same goals as the 3.0-litre V6 unit, blending response and performance with efficiency.
Completing the powertrain line up is the Q50’s hybrid which combines a 3.5-litre 24-valve DOHC aluminium-alloy V6 and a compact laminated lithium-ion battery with an intelligent one-monitor, two-clutch control. This hybrid engine is designed to put performance first, while bringing significant benefits for fuel efficiency.
All Q50 engines are fitted with a sophisticated seven-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
Adaptive Shift Control improves gear selection by using a lateral acceleration sensor to detect changes in the road, such as hills and turns. Selecting Sport model allows the driver to select a more aggressive shift pattern with automatic up and down shifting at higher rpm. The result is quick, smooth gear shifts and choices that are appropriate to both the road and the desired driving style.
The new Infiniti Q50 will go on sale in selected markets in late 2016.
The Infiniti Q50 is currently available at Glyn Hopkin from £323 per month with up to £6,967 towards your deposit! For more information, and to arrange your test drive visit our Infiniti Centre St. Albans, or contact us using the buttons above.